Helps to Devout Living: Consisting of Selections from Biblical and Various Religious Writers of All Ages (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Helps to Devout Living: Consisting of Selections From Biblical and Various Religious Writers of All Ages

I think that there is no religious denomination, the mem bers of which are considerable, that has not felt the need of some kind of guidance for religious thought, and some assist ance towards putting into a becoming form the petitions and acknowledgments addressed to the Supreme Being. The Psalms of the Hebrew Scriptures are themselves compositions of this character, - acts of praise or supplication, or expres sions of humility and dependence upon the Source of all Good. There is no religious work, properly so called, - for I leave polemics entirely out of the question, - which does not, when read in a proper temper, awaken a desire to reach a higher standard of virtue, a more complete abnegation of self, a warmer love for our fellow creatures, - in short, a nearer re semblance in character to the founder of the Christian relig ion. That desire is of itself a silent prayer, to which a man ual like this is intended to give a clear and distinct expres sion, suitable to the imperfections of our nature and to the distance at which we stand from that pattern of excellence.

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